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The play from J. P. Winslow himself...

I began writing Lester in summer 2014. At first, it was simply an exercise in writing something...anything. See, I was returning to school to study Social Work and Sociology so I thought I should at least reacquaint me with the process of sitting down and writing for long periods. This I did and suddenly I had a script.

I went to school and I found myself in a class called Loss and Greif. One of my major projects for the class was a paper on loss, grief and death in Rock ‘n’ Roll. The show already had a Rock ‘n’ Roll theme and the paper helped reinforce the content. The class took me to a place that ultimately caused me a great deal of grief and had social and personal ramifications that still haunt me to this day. I shan’t share the details lest I incriminate myself! Suffice to say I learned a great deal about myself. One of the major lessons I learned was that I had written a play in which the major theme, aside from music, was indeed a loss.

Pieces of the play were first read as a series of monologues at The Sunset Cabaret here on the Sunset stage in the summer of 2015. My friend Chris Cooley hosted a reading of the still juvenile script at his place in Wells in September of that year. So the first reading took place in the living room of the house. About eight people
attended. Then I put the script away. 

So I will admit something here and now. This show scares the shit out of me and here’s why:

Some of it, at least thematically, has become true. Therefore, I resurrected the script in the fall of 2017. I had just experienced what was and is the biggest loss of my life: the breakup of my eighteen-year long relationship. I had found that certain aspects of the original script were present in my personal life and I knew that I had to face them. 

James Douglas is an actor and director. James originally received acting training at the University of Victoria and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. In 2000 James was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Victoria, and in 2004 completed one year of graduate coursework at the university’s Theatre department. James’s recent directing credits include The Sinister Secret of Hatley Castle, Fangs for the Memories, and Das Love Boot. He has also worked as dramaturge on critically-lauded productions of Andrew Hamilton’s Kaliban, Sally Clark’s Wanted, and Anne Carson’s contemporary translation of Sophocles’ Electra. James is also a historical interpreter and interpretation consultant with organizations such as organizations like Barkerville Heritage Trust, Royal Roads University, the Royal British Columbia Museum, etc.

J. P. Winslow

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J. P. Winslow is an award-winning actor, writer, composer and historical interpreter. He started acting in the 1970s appearing in several films produced by The Newfoundland Independent Film Makers Cooperative including The Adventures of Faustus Bidgood and Undertow. He studied acting and improve with Young People’s Theatre at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre in the early 1980s. He won three consecutive years the Best Original Play awards at The Vancouver East Cultural Centre’s VanFest Theatre Festival for his one-act plays Quiet Please, The Breakwater Document and Sin respectively. He is also a musician and songwriter with his new hard rock/metal project Vampire Load is scheduled to release their debut album late this year.

James Douglas